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Alpha

  Alpha, 20x16 original painting, acrylic on panel, $850 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Link to purchase is below.   Please reach out   with any questions. I dreamt of wolves last night, but it may have been because of this beauty who showed up 4 days back. Or it could just be that wolves, with their ties to family and loyalty, are walking with me because of various shifts happening in my personal life. Is it really my place to question? I try to just accept the messages and respond with my brushes. Understanding, if it does come, will most likely show up with hindsight. Alpha   can be viewed up close (you want to see all the details in her surface -  it's a good one!), in a room setting, and even purchased  on my website.   As a First Dibber, you get the chance to make this extraordinary piece your own before the general public. Ask   if you'de like a payment plan. A 30% non refundable deposit reserves the painting, with the balance plus shipping and handling satisfi

Ribbons of Sky

  Ribbons of Sky, 48"x36" original painting, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, $5000 plus s&h. This painting will ship rolled and require restretching at your end. A repurable framer can easily do this.  Please reach out  with any questions. Ribbons of Sky was a fantastic teacher. Yes, my paintings teach me. They teach me what to do and what not to do, and this lady was no exception. I thought she was finished on Friday, and I had a burst of adrenaline as I cleaned up the studio. Then Saturday morning I looked at her and she felt unresolved. The dark value shape comprising the right edge of the bear was lovely in how it vibrated, but that illusion overwhelmed the sincerity in her face. Sunday I spent some time with her, too, and compared her to some of my other pieces as a means of trying to learn from them what she might need. Aura  minced no words. There wasn't nearly enough line work, she said, and as lovely as that dark passage was, it needed to be broken up.  Po

Aura

  Aura, 40"x40" original painting, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, $4500 plus s&h. This painting will ship rolled and require restretching at your end.   Please reach out  with any questions. I have been putting in long studio days since March, when I accepted an invitation from   Mirada Fine Art   to hang a two person show at their gallery in downtown Denver (Colorado). This was an ambitious undertaking in that it involved delivering a dozen new, large scale paintings inside 4 months. The pace has been both grueling and inspiring. Each piece spawned excitement in me to try something new. There was no time to overthink or second guess myself. I leaned into my intuition and fully embraced colliding my wildlife spirits with the sky and planets, all sparked by April's eclipse and the northern lights which I was able to witness right in my own backyard. I thought of the animals as containers, source, veils, precipices, apparitions, constellations, memories, creators, g

Labradorite, a Wolf Talisman Painting

  Labradorite, 23-3/4"x23-1/2" original painting, acrylic on panel, $1200 plus s&h. Purchae details below.   Please reach out  with any questions. This is a rework - a facelift, if you will - of  a wolf painting carrying the same name  from April 2023. I always say that any painting in the studio is a candidate for a rework. Why might I want to rework a piece? Well, my skills grow with each new piece, and the things I'm fascinated with also shift and change. I learn how to better communicate the story or maybe even recognize something I missed out on the first time around. So today I pulled out  the old painting , which felt a bit too safe - a wolf with fierce eyes in front of a full moon - and had another go at her. I wanted her gaze to be gentle yes wise, to add nuance and softer transitions to the piece, add arbitrary linework and a hint of landscape. I wanted to retain the flash (this is a term identifying the wash of color embedded inside a labradorite stone), hi

New Gallery Representation

    Purple Mountain Majesty, 48"x60", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, available July 2024 through   Mirada Fine Art   in Denver, Colorado. Inquiries may always come   to me .   Since March I have painted nearly 48 square yards of canvas, used 2 gallons of gesso, a gallon of isolation coat medium, 1-1/2 gallons of acrylic gel medium, and countless tubes of paint. All for good reason - I am creating a fresh body of work for new gallery representation! I am delighted to announce I am joining forces with Mirada Fine Art, a contemporary and distinctive gallery in Denver, Colorado. I choose my representation carefully - gallery spaces are an extension of the experience I would provide collectors were they to visit my studio in person. The gallery and I become a team in bringing ideas to life, curating opportunities to view said art, and facilitating acquisitions. Mirada Fine Art will be an utterly fantastic partner and I am thrilled to be one of their artists. Here's a littl

Purple Mountain Majesty and Mirada Fine Art

    Purple Mountain Majesty, 48"x60", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, available July 2024 through   Mirada Fine Art   in Denver, Colorado. Inquiries may always come   to me .   Since March I have painted nearly 48 square yards of canvas, used 2 gallons of gesso, a gallon of isolation coat medium, 1-1/2 gallons of acrylic gel medium, and countless tubes of paint. All for good reason - I am creating a fresh body of work for new gallery representation! I am delighted to announce I am joining forces with Mirada Fine Art, a contemporary and distinctive gallery in Denver, Colorado. I choose my representation carefully - gallery spaces are an extension of the experience I would provide collectors were they to visit my studio in person. The gallery and I become a team in bringing ideas to life, curating opportunities to view said art, and facilitating acquisitions. Mirada Fine Art will be an utterly fantastic partner and I am thrilled to be one of their artists. Here's a littl

New On Demand Workshop

    I have been hard at work behind the scenes, creating on demand lesson videos for students unable to commit to a workshop experience or my student membership. My goal is to provide affordable, easily digestable bites of thinking, painting process and specific technique in a streamable, self study format. These videos are takeaways from other teaching experiences, so they have already been student tested and approved. In them I share approaches to ideation, techniques, thought processes, and various tips on things like color mixing, palette management and intuitive work. I hope to release them monthly. If you have already painted with me in some capacity, check out the lesson descriptions to ascertain if the video is derivative from an experience you might already have had. The newest addition to this growing library is   The Making of Columbine , in which I outline the progression of a painting from the initial contour drawing all the way through to completion. There's lots of g

New Painting: Rolling Hills

    Rolling Hills, 30"x24" original painting, acrylic on flat panel (she will require framing), sold (thank you so very much!).  Link to purchase prints is   here .  Please reach out  with any questions. This is the final painting featured in my  Intuitive Painting  online workshop.** I created three pieces during the filming of this course, all originating from the same idea (a fusion of Bear with the California landscape), each one remarkably different and carrying her own distinctive personality. Also worth noting, this is a rare landscape oriented Momma Bear piece - they usually are portrait format. In addition to naked panels, I brought this one, containing a very loose color study of fall colors I did in October of last year, not knowing what I was going to paint overtop her. In the first day of drawing and planning designs, when I began layering my bear contour drawings together, suddently I knew what I was going to do. I flipped the painting on it's side and sketc

NEW PAINTING Winged

  Winged, 15"x30" original painting, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, image painted around the sides so no need to frame, $1300 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  Link to purchase is below.  Please reach out  with any questions. I love to work in layers. I start my paintings with a giant brush, gradually working from large marks to tighter ones. Recently I've begun asking myself in what other ways can I embrace the idea of "layered". The painting Winged is one of the results. LAYER1:  A small fox kit sits on a nuanced, creamy ground, in profile. She is watching something rather attentively, but it is outside the picture frame, so the viewer has to guess at what has grabbed her attention. LAYER 2:  She is partially obscured by a layer of butterfly specimens, the smallest and most delicate seated at the top of the winged totem. LAYER 3:  The presence of the butterflies changes the fox's ground to billowy clouds, and, as if to accent that, they travel

Lumbering

    Lumbering, 24"x30" original painting, acrylic on flat panel, sold (thank you so much!).  Prints are available   here .  Please reach out  with any questions. Lumbering is another of the pieces created in February as part of my  Intuitive Painting  online workshop.** I created three pieces during the filming of this course, all originating from the same idea (a fusion of Bear with the California landscape), each one remarkably different and carrying her own distinctive personality.  Lumbering was the most challenging of the three, coming home with me unresolved. It took a few more weeks for me to find her landing spot. Sometimes a painting needs a bit more time to come to fruition. And let's be real - it's also quite likely me, listening to the wrong things and taking her in the opposite direction. One of the students in the course reached out and asked to purchase Lumbering, before I even had the chance to formally add her to my website. Of course I said yes - and

New Painting: Bougainvillea

  Bougainvillea, 24"x30" original painting, acrylic on flat panel (she will require framing), $1300 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  Link to purchase is below.   Please reach out   with any questions. I didn't expect to be so impacted by this week's eclipse, but all week long I've been painting dramatic skies and various suns, moons and stars. Life has aligned with my art for sure. This lovely was created a few months ago as part of my   Intuitive Painting   online workshop.** I created three pieces during the filming of this course, all originating from the same idea (a fusion of Bear with the California landscape), each one remarkably different and carrying her own distinctive personality. Bougainvillea seemed apropos to offer this week, with so many eyes fixated on the heavens. She can be viewed up close, in a room setting, and even purchased  on my website .   This is your chance, as a member of the First Dibbers Club, to acquire your own full moon be

Eclipse

  Eclipse, 24"x36" original painting, acrylic on flat panel (she will require framing), private collection (thank you and welcome to my newest collector!).   Please reach out  with any questions. I pull my subject matter from the things that happen in my life, and unless you've been living in a cave, there is a solar eclipse happening today, April 8th. A few weeks back I thought about doing an eclipse themed painting, but nothing else came to me other than a literal addition of an eclipsed landscape. That didn't feel genuine enough, and sure, I could have chased that idea and seen what evolved from it, but I've learned to let painting seeds mature. It's challenging, to be sure, but ultimately it serves the idea in the most authentic way possible. I came to terms with not having an eclipse painting to share in a timely fashion, and went on with my other projects. And then, probably because I was ignoring her, the eclipse idea grew legs. This painting didn't

Persephone

  Persephone, 24"x30" original painting, acrylic on flat panel, $1300 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  Link to purchase is below.   Please reach out   with any questions. This painting started about 18 months ago. She wandered for a bit, or perhaps I was the one who got lost. Nevertheless, she has arrived here in the studio, on the brink of spring no less. True to her namesake.  Persephone was the daughter of Demeter (the goddess of agriculture). She was kidnapped by Hades and forced to live in the underworld with him. While looking for her daughter, Demeter ceased caring for the harvest, and the earth turned barren. There are various versions of the myth, but Zeus ultimately demanded Hades release her. But this was complicated because, while held captive and grieving, Persephone ultimately broke her fast and ate 6 pomegranate seeds. Hades negotiated the compromise that she spend 6 months, one for each seed eaten, in the underground with him, and 6 months on the eart

Eve is ready for a home

  Eve, 24"x30", acrylic on flat panel, $1300 plus s&h to the first asking nicely, which you can do via   my website   or with   a sweet note to me . (PSST!! wanna learn to paint something like Eve, check out "Intuitive Painting," my online class with Kara Bullock.) Painting concepts are showing up these days at the oddest times. Typically I find my imagery inside my dreams, but there's been a shift. Lately ideas are coming direct to me during waking hours. This one showed up as I was rolling my yoga mat one icy cold snowy day in January. There was a bear and an apple tree, but not the visual, just a knowing. I had a sensation of the weight of the tree - the branches, greenery and fruit - filled the cavity of the bear's head, and the trunk trickled down the right hand edge. There was plenty of blue sky and sunshine I could feel but not really see.  I set out to explore this in paint, and two completely different pieces emerged. This is the most amazing p

Delta, a Momma Bear Painting

  Delta, 24"x24", acrylic on flat panel, $1200 plus s&h to the first asking nicely, which you can do via   my website   or with   a sweet note to me . I mentioned on my socials yesterday that my paintings are a singular object that acts as a touchstone for multiple moments. So when I look at a piece, I don't just see the final painting, but I remember all the experiences that keyed into her making. My oldest was recently married, my youngest readying to graduate university, which meant my role of mother was transitioning into something new. I officially had a new daughter while my other girl was leaping into adulthood. One of our favorite places to walk the dogs was sold to a developer. This historic area held weathered red barns and numerous outbuildings overgrown with vines and wildflowers - it was rich with texture and a complex variety of earthy reds. The brilliant red of the sumac and maples the fall prior to this painting, and how the underside of those same map

Wanna Paint with Me? launching an exclusive online workshop on the Talisman paintings.....

  Last month I snuck off to Kara Bullock's art studio in California and secretly filmed   an online workshop !! This project has literally been in the works for years (she was so kind and patient when i needed to reschedule in 2023). And I tell you it was well worth the wait - I could not be prouder of what we built together during our week. We built the course   "Intuitive Painting - Call and Response."   And it's a good one! For the first time ever, in a series of linear and comprehensive video lessons, I share the process of creating a Talisman painting, from concept to completion. What is a Talisman painting? well, if you're new around here (and welcome! there's a good number of you!), it's the series I've been working on the last 4 years. A Talisman itself is an object imbued with magic, luck, or specific meaning. My Talisman paintings are that and more - an animal subject infused with landscape elements, painted with expressive marks and lots of

Sublimate, a new painting

  Subliminate, 24"x24" original painting, acrylic on flat panel, private collection (THANK YOU!).    Link to order reproductions.   Please reach out  with any questions. More fox-butterfly-paint play going on here. Sublimate can be viewed up close and in a room setting  on my website. Ask  if you'de like a payment plan on one of my originals. A 30% non refundable deposit reserves the painting, with the balance plus shipping and handling satisfied within 12 months.  Also, returning collectors can use the coupon code "COLLECTOR10" for 10% off new purchases. Thanks so much for your interest in my artwork, All my best, warmly, Kim